Morning Briefing: Red Sox Heading To The Fall Classic

Good morning Mets fans! We are getting into the final stages of the postseason as the Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series on Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to join them when they play the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at 8:09 p.m. EDT. The game will feature Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA) for the Dodgers and Wade Miley (5-2, 2.57 ERA) for the Brewers.

Latest Mets News

Mets assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi told John Harper of SNY that the organization believes in Peter Alonso‘s defensive abilities.

Matt Ehalt of analyzed the continued dominance of Alonso thus far in the Arizona Fall League.

Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin returns to the World Series for the first time since 2015 when he was the first base coach for the Mets.

Latest MLB News

Anthony Castrovince of wrote an article about 10 qualifying offer decisions that will be difficult for teams to decide for or against this offseason.

Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs made the case that the fan interference call in Game 4 of the ALCS was most likely the correct one.

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore offered a different perspective of Luke Heimlich who went undrafted this past draft: “That whole debate which dominated the news cycle… we simply weren’t gonna let the world continue to kick that kid because we know who he is” per Tom Martin of KCTV5. Although he did not say the Royals will sign him, he did say, “Do we believe in him as a pitcher and a person? Dayton Moore does.”

Rustin Dodd of The Athletic wrote a story on the legend of Astroman: A man who lived for 10 days and 10 nights in a tent on the top of the Astrodome during the 1980 NLCS.

The Dodgers and Brewers are using a record 36 players per game so far during the NLCS. Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal wrote about this “peak of modern baseball.”

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves are open to bringing back Kurt Suzuki and Nick Markakis according to Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post discussed the fate of Adam Eaton in the event that the Washington Nationals re-sign Bryce Harper and in the event that they let him walk in free agency.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports discussed whether Manny Machado‘s comments on his lack of hustling has eliminated him from the Philadelphia Phillies’ radar.

David Levin of Marlin Maniac argued that the Miami Marlins will not sign Machado in the offseason.

Latest on MMO/MMN

Matt Musico wrote an article on the best single-game outings of 2018 for Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas.

Jack Hendon wrote a report card for Tyler Bashlor.

Mathew Brownstein interviewed former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott.

Michael Mayer broke down the Mets offensive output by position.

Christopher Soto recapped the Arizona Fall League and Winter League games from Wednesday that involved Mets prospects.

This Day in Mets History

1986: The Mets dropped Game 2 of the World Series to the Red Sox by a score of 9-3. Dwight Gooden got roughed up in the game as he gave up eight hits, six runs (five earned) and two walks.

1999: The Mets fell to the Braves by a score of 10-9 in Game 6 of the NLCS. Kenny Rogers handed over the series and National League pennant to Atlanta by forcing in the winning run via base on balls with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning.

2006: Despite a miraculous catch earlier in the game by Endy Chavez, the Mets dropped Game 7 of the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 3-1. Carlos Beltran had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth, but instead struck out looking to end the game.

Birthdays: Jose Bautista turns 38, Joe McEwing turns 46 and Sandy Alomar turns 75.

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John is a communication major (with a concentration in broadcasting/telecommunications) and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. John was formerly a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show and a newsroom intern at SNY. He is currently a student associate in the production and programming department of MSG Networks during his final semester. He has served as the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper (The Quadrangle), a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for both The Quadrangle and MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.